Bentley, Strange Send Memo to Macon, Lowndes DAs, Sheriffs Re: Bingo

September 23, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A memorandum from the Office of the Governor dated September 20, 2016, informed the sheriffs and district attorneys for both Macon and Lowndes County of their responsibility to enforce State laws which “prohibit lotteries and gift enterprises, including electronic bingo.” The emailed memo signed by Gov. Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange reads “RE: Executive Order 13 and Local Constitutional Amendments.”

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Hubbard Continues to Swipe at Judge Walker

August 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In the most recent filing by convicted felon and former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, he continues to accuse Judge Jacob Walker, III, of not doing his job. Hubbard asks the court for an acquittal, a new trial and other relief, citing Judge Walker allowing former Ethics Director, Jim Sumner, to testify as an expert witness, as grounds for the motion.

The motion states, “Hubbard requests a new trial under Rule 24.1(c)(2), because the State improperly presented putatively ‘expert’ testimony from witness Sumner about the meaning, purpose, and application of the laws under which Hubbard was charged.”
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Cash Starved Courts Get $2 Million

November 5, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Montgomery, AL November, 4, 2013 – Chief Justice Roy Moore (R) received word from the Governor, via a phone call on Saturday, and a letter Monday, regarding a conditional appropriation to fund the state courts. The Governor advised that he is “able to release $2 million of the conditional appropriation for FY2014.”

Upon news of the release of funds, Chief Justice Moore sent a memorandum to the officials and employees of the Unified Judicial System, advising that, “We will maintain our current staffing levels and continue our current policy of Wednesday closings in Circuit Clerks’ offices to help ensure that court records are properly and promptly maintained . . .”
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Secretary Canfield Ducking the Tough Questions About Paris Trip

June 28, 2013

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield and dozens of other Alabama politicians, their spouses, their lobbyists and their staffers returned home from the economic development trip to the famed Paris Air Show last week. But Canfield has yet found the time to keep a promise to answer questions about the trip’s total cost to taxpayers.

Communications Director for the Department of Commerce Gerri Miller wrote in an email dated June 20 concerning the Alabama Political Reporter’s request for information, “I informed Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield about your questions and he wanted me to let you know that he will respond when he returns.”
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Bachus Receives More Endorsements

March 12, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia has been endorsed by the Central Alabama Fire Chief’s Association.   The fire chiefs said that the congressman has been a longtime supporter of the Assistance to Firefighters and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs.

In a written statement the fire chiefs wrote, “Congressman Bachus has always been available and ready to work with the fire service on numerous issues, such as the development of a nationwide public safety broadband network and EPA emission requirements for fire apparatus.  Additionally, the congressman’s voting record has consistently supported issues that matter to the fire service.  As a senior member of Congress, Spencer Bachus has been a great advocate for public safety.On behalf of the fire service, Congressman Bachus recently spoke out against the Environmental Protection Agency’s emission requirements on fire apparatus.  In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the congressman voiced our concerns about the cost and effectiveness of the exhaust filter systems being mandated by the agency.”
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